Description

I'm planning on doing some work overseas, so this will be my portable gaming PC. I could have gone for a laptop, but I have had them break, stolen, overheat, and lets just say I dislike laptops. I will be gutting my Lian Li TU 100B in favor of these parts and will be transplanting the I3-4130T and Gigabyte Z87N Wifi into a cooler master elite 110 as an htpc setup for mom.

Case:

For the case, I will be using the Lian Li TU 100B. The focus of this case was and still is the portability. And it doesn't hurt that this case is nice to look at. At a price point of over $100, if I wasn't going overseas I probably would have opted for something less pricey. The case weighs next to nothing and is ultra portable, but any part you buy is at the mercy of the case. This case will only fit an SFX power supply and heat sinks up to 60 mm in height. Also, if you choose a closed loop water cooling system, you may need a slim fan on the radiator as there is only one 120 mm mounting area in the case. Cable management can be a chore, but if you take your time it's not so bad. Just be wary of that USB 3.0 header as it may get unhooked as you are putting in the power supply.

Heat sink and Processor:

The Samuel 17 cooler was doing an excellent job cooling the I3, so I bought another one to use with the 4770k. Since the clearance in the case is only 60 mm from the motherboard to the power supply, I have to use a slim fan. I added a 15 mm slim Prolimatech Ultra Sleek Vortex 12 fan to go with the Samuel 17 (fan at 15 mm and heatsink at 45 mm = 60 mm!). There's a big difference in the TDP of 35 w vs 84 w, so I will not be overclocking the 4770k for now since this will be contained in the Lian Li TU 100B for the purpose of portability. I opted to get that particular processor because it's on sale (as of 3/17/14 it's $309.99)and I can always go with a bigger case in the future.

Motherboard and Graphics Card:

For the motherboard and graphics card, I went with the MSI Gaming AC mini and MSI GTX 760 ITX. I can't comment on their functionality or performance as I haven't received the parts yet. This will be replacing the previous Gigabyte Z87N Wifi ITX and EVGA GTX 750 TI SC which are still great components, but I will be transplanting these into the cooler master elite 110 to be used as an htpc.

Storage:

I have used a Samsung 840 Evo 120 GB with the I3-4130T build and opted to upgrade to the 250 GB model, and its on sale (as of 3/17/14 $139.99). The HGST Travelstar 1 TB drive I will be keeping as my Steam library storage and moving the 120 GB SSD and a 320GB drive with the I3 build.

Optical Drive: Since the cooler master elite 110 doesn't have a spot for a drive, it will be getting an external drive, and the LG Blu-ray slim will be staying in the Lian Li.

Memory:

The memory I chose is a low profile (16 GB of G. Skill Ares 2133 @ 1.5 v) since the Samuel 17 heat sink will only support low profile memory.

Power Supply:

For the power supply, I'm keeping the modular 80 plus gold (Silverstone SFX 450 w) and will be using a Corsair CX 600 for the cooler master elite 110. I also got the Silverstone short flat cables to help with the cable management.

Cooling:

I will be moving the Noctua fan and the stock Lian LI fan to the other build and bought a Noctua NF-F12 fan to help intake. For previous builds, I used Rexus, Delta and pretty much anything with high CFM to cool larger cases. This time around with this smaller form factor PC, it's all about being quiet and efficient. I will be testing the thermals on this setup in a few days and posting some pics. If need be I may under volt the processor or opt for a closed loop option to help cool the 4770k. Other options I'm also looking at are a closed water loop system in conjunction with an NZXT Kraken G10, but that's IF it's ever in stock anywhere.

Accessories:

The mouse (Steel Series Sensei raw) is a previous purchase from Best Buy which was around $40 and the keyboard (Noppoo Choc Mini) is a smaller addition that will fit in a bag along with the Lian Li TU 100B. The Samsung S23C570H monitor I picked up at Costco for around $130 and will be staying with mom when I leave for work overseas. As far as the Astro A50's, I think they were at first a costly buy at $299, but after using them for weeks now, I have to say you do get what you pay for. The norm for me was buying cheap Logitech headsets and going through them every few months.

As there is a first time for everything, this was the first costly build I have made. The parts were ordered from Newegg, Amazon and the case from Superbiiz. The previous builds were budget in nature and around the $600 price point. I look forward to reading your comments and seeing your builds.

Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Looking foward to seeing more pictures

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Just finished both builds. Took a while with the motherboard. For some reason it didn't want to line up properly with the case.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the current case that will be housing the parts, with the Astro A50 next to it for size comparison. The parts should be in tomorrow or Wednesday at the latest. I will definitely be posting pics of the parts, the finalized build and hopefully decent thermals.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

more pics please

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

like the desprciption and everything but this is a completed build section, and you havent even started building yet.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Tomorrow or Wednesday I should have the parts in. I thought about posting this in the hypothetical builds, but I already have the parts bought and paid for. It doesn't take me long to assemble the PC. Sorry for the early post.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

get a 7950 with an i5 4670k that would have been more intelligent -1 sucky cable management

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Tried to do a bit of gaming on it and wasn't too pleased with the thermals on the gpu. The gtx 760 managed to get in the 90's. A temporary alternative is to leave the side case off with an external fan. I ordered an Arctic hybrid accelero II since I am still unable to obtain an nzxt kraken g10. If this unit won't fit in the case, I will either modify it to fit or make a vent in the bottom of the case.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! Someone else with a SFF TU100 build! How has the Arctic Hybrid Accelero helped your graphics card temps? I wasn't too happy with mine in it's current state (pretty much the same as yours). I did upgrade the front fan to a Cougar Vortex PWM 70 CFM fan hoping that would provide enough airflow.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply, looks like it's been a month already! The Arctic Hybrid is on par with the temps at idle. The temps on full load are around 10 degrees cooler though (HIS Iceq 6870 is a blower style shroud that was replaced). The arctic wouldn't fit in the tu100 so it's on my older 6870 sitting in my budget build unfortunately.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn. I was definitely hoping you had it in the TU100. Looks like I'm going to be switching up from the TU100 to the new Corsair 380T.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

There is definitely a difference in cooling in these small form factor builds.... 39 C Idle is toasty! Still, it's fine, nothing to worry about. More pictures would be nice, too. Still, I like it! +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I've had it running idle most the day and not sure if it's the new thermal compound (arctic mx-4), but its sitting at 33c atm. It's a difference of about 4c from the stock cooler. Also ran furmark earlier and the temp stopped at around 74c before going down to 73c. During the 15min test it would go up about a degree a minute.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you mount the ODD (slim LG BT30N) in the case (PC-TU100)?

It looks like I need to go buy some super tiny screws for this ODD. The screws from the PC-TU100 don't look like they'll do the job. Argh.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply! I just used the screws that were supplied and it stays in just fine. I did have to buy a new screwdriver to get to the mounting points so I'd recommend a long and thin screwdriver that can work with tiny screws.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking build! I've also got the TU-100B and I'm going to be upgrading to a non-K 4770 shortly and a GTX 970 itx (Hopefully Asus releases theirs soon). I've got the Corsair H55 in the front intake and it keeps the current 4690s chip nice and cold. While rendering it never gets above 70c, and it idles around 30c, but believe me getting water cooling in that rig is a *****. Nice to look at a similar build though, Kudos.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Nice to see more people that enjoy the case, even with it's flaws. I've been looking at that GTX 970 as an upgrade, either the Asus or Gigabyte.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I just received the Asus 970 ITX in the mail, but haven't had a chance to do all my upgrades because my computer is still packed while we're moving. I should have my house setup on Monday, and I'll start my upgrades then, I also bumped up to 16GB of RAM. Should be a powerhouse. I'll let you know how it goes.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, so I got the upgrades. Noticing some massive speed increases by going up to the i7 4770 instead of the i5 4690s. The Asus 970 is a great fit for the chassis because it give you an inch or two of space to wad the cables up but out of the way. The temps did get a little bit warm, 82c while I was playing Titanfall. I was, however, on Insane graphics and all 4xTXAA and 4x Ambient Occlusion. Stayed above 60fps the whole time, I was happy with it the whole time.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Alrighty, got some benchmarks for the new DirectCU Mini GTX 970 that Asus Released, along with the 4770. Cinebench scores of 137.45 FPS for OpenGL, and 748cb for CPU test. This is all in the TU-100B with the Corsair H55 cooling the cpu. Temps on the GPU got up to 60c and the CPU 55c.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the updates on the build! That 970 is on my list of things to get, hopefully next month.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! I was wondering if there was any portable monitor for something like this build. I was searching and I couldn't find one.I recently looked at GAEMS and they were building very cool monitors, but I didn't know if they were compatible with PC.